Sunday, December 17, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Monday, July 31, 2006
I'm not a dog person. I am a bar person, though. And. of the few thousand times I've shared a patio with dogs, I have never witnessed a problem. They are generally welcomed and fawned over by the customers and, in many bars, waitstaff bring out a dish of water.
For many customers, it's a nice civilized ritual to take the dog out fo a stroll and grab a quick pint. And, since we're in the outdoors, where a pigeon could easily crap on your food, I think it's more than a little bizarre to start worrying about the bacteria brought in by puppy.
In fact, I am in support of bar cats, like the kind you find in Belgium or France or, (used to be) the Rivoli on Queen. In New York, a particularly lovely bar called Chumley's has three very fat labradors who visit every evening and are late night fixtures.
But, then again, there's little hope for a sane approach at assessing real public risk these days, as evidenced by the news today that the USDA is hassling the Hemingway Home and Museum about getting rid of the sixty cats that roam the property. They are descendents of a multi-toed cat given to Hemingway in 1935 and are vaccinated, fed and well looked after. And a menace to Key West, obviously.
Regulate the beef industry to clean up the e.coli problem? Not today, thanks. Right now we're dealing with the cat problem in Florida.
Second link found at Bookslut.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
It's reviewed here.
Update: The good folks at Appleton have just written to mention that it was quite a coincidence that my article ran on the 35th anniversary of Black Tot Day - when the Royal Navy stopped providing a ration of rum to its sailors.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
In Cuba, where the mojito originates, it is apparently made with a kind of spearmint called yerba buena. In her book, Mondo Cocktail, Christine Sismondo makes a good case for an early version of the mojito being the first cocktail ever made. It was based on a sugarcane liqueur and mixed up by Sir Francis Drake in the 1570s.
The author traces Drake's mixed drink, called El Draque, up to the 1900s, when a Spanish immigrant to Cuba called Jose Abeal apparently "perfected" a rum version. It was called the mojito and was served at his grocery-store-cum-rumba-club, a place so decrepit it was eventually re-named Sloppy Joe's.Cheers.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Monday, July 03, 2006
No Tuscan hills and love among the foie gras for me. Just as a day at the beach isn’t complete without sand in uncomfortable places, I like food writing with grit.
Nora Ephron’s Heartburn (Virago) is a classic in the post-divorce revenge genre — try her linguine alla cecca for a simple summer meal.
Judith Moore’s wry Never Eat Your Heart Out (Profile) examines heartbreaks through the prism of apple pie and mashed potatoes. Or take a refreshing dive into Christine Sismondo’s Mondo Cocktail: A Shaken and Stirred History (McArthur). Chock-full of boozy facts and tart observations, with chapter headings such as “The Bloody Mary and the Communist Threat”, this goes down like a perfect margarita. If you’re in the mood for horror, try The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Penguin) by Michael Pollan — a sobering look at commercial agriculture with gallows humour and only the barest glimmer of hope.
Julie Powell is the author of Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen (Fig Tree) Stomach
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
My average seemed to have worked out at #73,468. This is almost right in between 100 Greatest Songs in Christian Music and MitzvahChic: A New Approach to Hosting a Bar or BatMitzvah that is Meaningful, Hip, Relevant, Fun & Drop-Dead Gorgeous.
No, by the way, I don't usually waste too much of my time looking at this stuff. Not anymore, at least.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Friday, April 07, 2006
The second annual volume of Mixologist: The Journal of the American Cocktail will be published on 13 May 2006 and features works by noted cocktail authorities Christine Sismondo, Robert Hess, Gary Regan, LeNell Smothers, Gwydion Stone, Audrey Saunders, Dale DeGroff, Ryan Magarian, Darcy O'Neil, Jared Brown, and Anistatia Miller.
The never-before-published articles presented in Volume Two focus on the origins of the word "cocktail" and profession of bartending. Christine Sismondo puts forth the politically-charged early historical record of the word "cocktail." LeNell Smothers explores the origins and evolution of the Colonial American classic, the Mint Julep. Gwydion Stone relates the story of the "Green Fairy"--absinthe. Gary Regan uncovers the true birth of the Cosmopolitan.
Robert Hess relates the need for passion in the execution of the mixologist's art, while Dale DeGroff explains how to set up a successful bartending operation. Ryan Magarian shows how he developed a bar program for a cruiseship line. Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown sit down with Henry Besant and Dre Masso of the Worldwide Cocktail Club to discuss the future of cocktails from a British perspective.
Audrey Saunders details the cold, hard facts about the second most important ingredient to go into a cocktail--ice. Our resident chemist Darcy O'Neil delves into a definitive and scientific discourse on sweet & sour mix.
To close this volume, Robert Hess returns with the history of Bacardi Rums.
Published by Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller, net proceeds from the sales of Mixologist: The Journal of the American Cocktail will benefit The Museum of the American Cocktail.
What are you standing there for? Go out and buy it... er, I mean, stay in and order it online already!
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Monday, January 23, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Oh, and Happy New Year!